Ireland face Bosnia & Herzegovina in Regions Cup...01/07/2015
With qualification for the UEFA Regions Cup Final already assured, Ireland will complete their Group A programme against Bosnia & Herzegovina in Tallaght Stadium at 7pm on Wednesday evening. Manager Gerry Smith has used just fourteen players in the two opening successes and is expected to provide opportunity for the remaining six squad members. In Group B, Germany face Croatia at Home Farm FC, Whitehall with kick-off set for 3pm. Germany must win, while a draw will suffice for Croatia, to determine which of them will meet Ireland in the final at 4pm in Tallaght Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Shamrock Rovers first up in UEFA Europa League..30/06/2015
The opening contest in the qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League took place in Luxembourg early this evening when FC Progres Niederkorn welcomed Shamrock Rovers to the Stade Municipal de la Ville de Differdange, where the sides played out a scoreless draw. Both clubs finished fourth in their respective national leagues last season but, while the 'Hoops' have quite an extensive European football history, their hosts have played a total of ten matches throughout theirs. Their solidary goal and draw came at home in the 1981/82 European Cup against Glentoran, with the Belfast club winning their home leg by four goals to nil. The second leg is set for Tallaght Stadium at 8pm on Tuesday the 7th July 2015.
Irish - End of season releases and transfers
The end of season culling of players is in full swing and a significant number of Irish are among the casualties. The next UK transfer window will officially commence on the 1st July 2015 and conclude on Monday the 31st August 2015, although clubs can make provisional signings prior to the opening date. Early events have seen a disappointingly high number of Irish players released by their clubs, including current senior squad member Paul McShane. Fellow senior international Kevin Doyle has secured a contract with MLS club Colorado Rapids following his departure from Wolverhampton Wanderers, while Alex Pearce has joined Derby County from Reading at the end of his contract. Darren Randolph, who declined a new contract offer from Birmingham City, has joined West Ham United. James McClean is the latest current international to secure a move, with his switch from League One Wigan Athletic to Premier League side West Bromwich Albion. Stephen Quinn has secured a three year contact with Reading following his departure from Hull City.
Ireland defeat Czech Republic in UEFA Regions Cup...28/06/2015
Ireland are through to the UEFA Regions Cup Final, following their two nil victory over the Czech Republic in Tallaght Stadium this afternoon. Goals from Darren Dunne and Paul Breen secured victory and Ireland next face Bosnia & Herzegovina at Richmond Park at 7pm on Wednesday evening, in their final Group A encounter.
Under 17 Women complete UEFA action today...28/06/2015
Following their one nil defeats to France and Switzerland, our U17 Women completed their 2015 European Championship journey when they went down to a two nil defeat by Norway in Kopavogur this afternoon.
Bray Wanderers triumph in League basement contest...27/06/2015
New manager Trevor Crolly saw his Bray Wanderers climb above their managerless visitors Sligo Rovers in the Airtricity League Premier Division table with a one nil victory in the Carlisle Grounds this afternoon.
Ireland open UEFA Regions Cup with victory...26/06/2015
Ireland, managed by Gerry Smith, opened their UEFA Regions Cup Finals Group A challenge with a two nil victory over Turkey in Tallaght Stadium this evening. First half goals from Greg Moorhouse and a Darren Dunne penalty put Ireland in command and they maintained their composure to the end. Ireland next meet the Czech Republic, one nil victors over Bosnia & Herzegovina this afternoon, in what could well be the defining group contest at 3pm on Sunday afternoon in Tallaght Stadium.
Airtricity League resumes following mid-season break...26/06/2015
The Airtricity League Premier Division resumed this evening following the mid-season break, with match series seventeen. The Setanta Ireland cameras brought live coverage from Richmond Park of St Patrick's Athletic's comfortable three nil victory over Longford Town. There was disappointment for Bohemian who went down to a last minute goal at home to Drogheda United while Derry City also lost at home to Cork City, by two goals to nil. Current leaders Dundalk crushed basement side Limerick by six goals to two in Oriel Park and Galway United went down to a two one defeat by visitors Shamrock Rovers in Eamonn Deacy Park.
Ireland set to host UEFA Regions Cup Finals...26/06/2015
The finals of the ninth UEFA Regions Cup, the world's top amateur competition, take place at six venues in and around the Dublin area between Friday the 26th June and Saturday the 4th July 2015. Hosts Ireland will be joined in the eight nation finals by representatives from Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Northern Ireland, Poland and Turkey. Ireland, managed by Gerry Smith, open their Group A challenge against Turkey in Tallaght Stadium at 7pm on Monday the 26th June followed by the Czech Republic two days later at 3pm in the same venue. Our final group contest against Bosnia & Herzegovina is set for Richmond Park, Inchicore at 7pm on Wednesday the first of July. The respective Group A and B winners will contest the final in Tallaght Stadium at 4pm on Saturday the 4th July 2015.
Under 17 Women in UEFA action this afternoon...25/06/2015
There was disappointment for our U17 Women in Reyjkavik this afternoon when they went down to a one nil defeat by Switzerland which effectively ends their interest in the 2015 European Championship.
Qualifying round draw - Women's Champions League..25/06/2015
The draw for the qualifying group stage of the UEFA Women's Champions League took place at UEFA Headquarters in Nyon this afternoon. Continental Tyres Women's National League champions Wexford Youths WAFC will represent Ireland and have been drawn in Group Seven together with Cardiff Met LFC (Wales), Gintra Universitetas (Lithuania) and mini-tournament hosts KKPK Medyk Konin (Poland). The group contests will take place in Poland between the 11th and 16th August 2015.
Under 17 Women commence UEFA Challenge...22/06/2015
There was disappointment for our U17 Women when they commenced their 2015 European Championship challenge with a one nil defeat by France in Kopavogur this afternoon. Head Coach Dave Connell had a fully fit squad to select from and recognised the importance of the opening contest in this and indeed any Championship Finals, but with the top two set to qualify for the semi-final stage, all is far from lost. Our other Group B rivals, Switzerland and Norway played out a two all draw this evening.
Qualifying round draws - UEFA Champions League..22/06/2015
The qualifying round draws in the UEFA Champions League took place at UEFA Headquarters in Nyon this Monday morning. Airtricity League champions Dundalk will enter at the second qualifying round stage where they will meet FC BATE Borisov (Belarus). Glasgow Celtic enter at the same stage and have been drawn against Stjarnan (Iceland). The first qualifying round draw included Crusaders from Northern Ireland who will face FC Levadia Tallinn (Estonia) with the winners drawn against KS Skenderbeu (Albania) in the second round. The New Saints from Wales will meet B36 Torshavn (Faroe Islands) in the first round with the winners progressing to meet Videoton FC (Hungary) in round two.
Qualifying round draws - UEFA Europa League..22/06/2015
The qualifying round draws in the UEFA Europa League also took place today at UEFA Headquarters in Nyon. Our Airtricity League representatives all participate in the first qualifying round with Cork City meeting KR Reykjavik (Iceland), Shamrock Rovers facing FC Progres Niederkorn (Luxembourg), St Patrick's Athletic tackling Skonto FC (Latvia) and fair play nominees UCD taking on F91 Dudelangev (Luxembourg). They will be joined by English fair play nominees West Ham United, Scottish representatives Aberdeen and St Johnstone, Northern Ireland representives, Glenavon, Glentoran and Linfield, while Wales will be represented by AUK Broughton, Bala Town and Newtown FC.
Summer movements offer new challenges for Irish...21/06/2015
While more than two months of the UK summer transfer window still remain, some of the completed deals involving Irish players, provide some interesting food for thought. Goalkeeper Darren Randolph has swopped regular Championship football at Birmingham City for the Premier League challenge of West Ham United, for whom Spanish netminder Adrian has been an impressive presence. The Wicklow man is likely to face quite a challenge for regular game time. The signing of Alex Pearce by Derby County, together with experienced Northern Ireland defender Chris Baird is expected to provide Richard Keogh with a formidable challenge.
'Fans Friendship' initiative sets scene at the Aviva...10/06/2015
Republic of Ireland Soccer Supporters Club (London) Chair Dec Finnegan represented Ireland in the pennant/shirt exchange at the Ireland v England friendly international played in the Aviva Stadium on Sunday afternoon. This new 'Fans Friendship' initiative, introduced at the Poland game in March, has been well received and Sunday's occasion was given added significance by the presence of the legendary Jack Charlton.